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Seeking and purging

Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 34:3 which says,

“In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols.”

Josiah: Josiah was a descendant of David, and grandson of Manasseh. He did what was right in the eyes of God. He was king at eight years old, and eight years later, he began to seek God. When he was 20 he began to purge Judah of Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, and idols.

Us: We are horrible. We walk in the ways of Satan, covered by shadows of darkness. We are not like Josiah, or David. We are horrible. We are hiding in the blackness of night, hiding from our sin, which will always find us out. We are stuck in our sin, not know what to do, like a lost lamb surrounded by wolves.

Jesus: We are the lost lamb, but Jesus is the good shepherd. He jumps into that ring of wolves, and rescues us, giving His own life for us.  Jesus came down to earth, and gave His life for us. While we were sinners, without giving Him anything, He saved us (Romans 5:8). Jesus gave His own life for sinning wretches.

Application: How does 2 Chronicles 34:3 apply to our lives? We were sinful wretches, but Christ gave His life for us, and now we need to be like Josiah. We need to seek God, and purge out sin in our lives. We need to seek and purge, like Josiah. When we seek God, He fills our heart, not making room for Satan, so we purge, or clean out the sin.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for us. Thank You for loving me so much. I pray that I would draw close to You, and love You more. Please help me to grow in You, and seek You. Please strengthen me, and help me to purge out sin. Thank You for giving me hope, and making me Your daughter. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Still sinners, Romans 5:8,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Beginning verse, 2 Chronicles 34:3,

“In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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